Mobility and Bikes - read about our Afribike initiatives hereunder . . whether primary school scholars in rural South Africa or an anti-poaching unit, bicycles can make a huge difference.
(watch the video hereunder for an appreciation of how a bicycle can change economic and other factors in our communities)
The Afribike name originated in 1999 with a South-African based non-governmental organization (NGO) that, under the Afribike moniker, began providing free bikes and bike repairs to rural poor residents as a means of transportation to access jobs and other opportunities inside and outside their local area.
Soon the program rapidly expanded from its base in South Africa to projects under the World Bank’s Rural Travel and Transport program. The program’s reach covered Guinea Conakry, Ghana, Senegal, Swaziland and Lesotho. In 2002 the successful effort evolved into a National Department of Transport program and became a thriving new project under the ‘Shova Kalula’ program of Government.
Although the immensely impactful Afribike South Africa project soon phased down, through a partnership with one of the founding members of Afribike, Bike & Saddle and GivingSpirit.Org have been given rights to the use of the Afribike name in Africa and the USA respectively.
The goal of the partnership is to breathe new life into the Afribike name, while continuing the brand’s tradition of uplifting the people of South Africa. Through the semi-annual Detroit AFRIBIKE ride, Giving Spirit aims to raise awareness for their work while energizing the friendship between the local community in the USA and South Africa. Similarly, Bike & Saddle through it's semi-anual 'Books on Bikes' ride in Cape Town, aims to raise funding for and awareness of educaction and bicycle transport priorities, crucial to a healthy society.